IN DEPTH: U of M no longer posts monthly crime summary online

December 10, 2018 06:59 PM

The University of Minnesota is seeing an uptick in crimes like stalking and burglary, however, KSTP has learned that information is no longer easily accessible for students.

It comes after the university stopped posting crime summaries on campus over the summer.

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In July, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported on a significant increase in some crimes in and around campus, namely theft, and what campus police were doing about it.

U of M police report: Burglary, theft calls rise in 2018

But since the report, the University of Minnesota stopped making monthly crime numbers available to students online.

Juniors Brandon Davis and Ian Baures have seen crime on and around campus and both have experienced break-ins.

"We just had a side door that was broken into and someone came in and stole a laptop and a wallet," said Baures.

"East bank campus is pretty safe, I would say west bank can be a little bit creepy when you go a little more off campus," says Davis.

Up until June, the University of Minnesota police department would post monthly crime summaries online.

But, the university no longer does that, stating "UMPD does a daily crime log which is updated every business day and an annual report of overall statistics per federal requirements. The monthly crime stats were duplicative of those efforts, so UMPD decided to use those resources elsewhere."

KSTP questioned how students would be aware of monthly crime trends, and the response stated that the "information is public, so any member of our campus community is welcome to submit a data practices act request for additional information..."

The data found reported burglaries have increased 72 percent from 2017 to 2018, from 32 to 55. Stalking reports have gone up 17 percent, from 36 to 42 incidents.

There have also been 450 thefts reported so far this year. In the first six months of 2017 there were 193. There are no annual theft totals for 2017.

And in just the last two months, there have been 17 fondling reports, the same number in all of last year.

Ph. D. student Jaclyn Gunderson says she feels safe on campus but would appreciate the monthly crime report.

"I definitely agree that we should continue to get that kind of information. It's something I look for and read when they come out," she said.

University presidential-finalist Joan Gable didn't comment on crime specifics on campus Monday, but did recognize a wider problem.

"It is absolutely critical that we do everything we can to prevent, support and handle properly upon and that is obviously what has to happen at every university," Gable said.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS filed a request to get the crime data for the months of July, August and September, but the university has not responded as of yet.

They did say, "the safety and security of our campus community is a top priority at the University of Minnesota." 


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The university added they make sure individuals are aware of ongoing concerns, giving them relevant information through a variety of ways to make safe decisions.

Multiple requests were also made to talk with university police on camera about their decision, but KSTP was denied. 

The university provided the following statement on safety and campus security:

"The safety and security of our campus community is a top priority at the University of Minnesota. A key component to maintaining a safe campus is ensuring all individuals are aware of ongoing concerns and have relevant information to make safe decisions."

"The university regularly provides this information in many different ways. These include, but are not limited to:

  • An annual Security and Fire Safety Report, as mandated by the Clery Act, which includes reported crime statistics from on-campus or immediately adjacent properties over a three-year period
  • An easily accessible Daily Crime Log on the University's Public Safety website that details every incident occurring over the past 60 days
  • Timely Warnings and/or emergency notifications, which are sent out when criminal activity covered by the Clery Act occurs and the University believes there is an ongoing threat to the campus community
  • Campus-wide communication via email and social media channels to share safety information or provide updates on timely concerns or trends
  • Working closely with reporters at the University's student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, and other local and regional media outlets
  • Engaging person-to-person through UMPD's Community Investigator Division, which is tasked to work with specific areas of campus to address any trends or concerns, and UMPD's Community 
  • Engagement Team, which hosts regular outreach events to educate students, faculty and staff and answer questions
  • Working with other law enforcement agency partners to share data (such as the Minneapolis Crime Map, which includes the Minneapolis portion of the Twin Cities Campus)"

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